Part Gothic romance, part pandemic horror story.

Unity (1918)

by Kevin Kerr
director Glynis Leyshon

Studio Ensemble

Performance Hall Drama

November 28 - December 1
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“…considerable humour in these dark days.” -The New York Times

A deadly and mysterious plague erupts across the world. A small town in Saskatchewan finds the Spanish Flu knocking at its door. Infused with biting dark humour and a deeply human touch, playwright Kevin Kerr’s Governor General’s Award-winning play tells the story of ordinary townsfolk quarantined under the shadow of death. Is their love and hope enough in the face of the unknown?

Content Advisory Mature themes & language.

Unity (1918) is approximately two hours, plus a fifteen minute intermission.

Unity (1918) was developed as part of Touchstone Theatre’s Playwright in Residence Program during the 1999/2000 season, and was originally produced by that company in March 2001 at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre.

Thursday, November 28 7:30pm
Friday, November 29 2:00pm
Friday, November 29 7:30pm
Saturday, November 30 2:00pm (Relaxed Performance)
Saturday, November 30 7:30pm
Sunday, December 1 2:00pm

photo credit Peter Pokorny

written by Kevin Kerr

director Glynis Leyshon*
music direction & composition Ryan Nicolai
movement Chelsea MacEwan
stage combat & movement coach Jacques Lemay
stage manager Marissa McClymont
assistant stage manager Ryan Nicolai
set designers Jordan Holloway & Danny Saretsky
scenic artist Carole Klemm
sound & projection designer Stephie Bright
lighting design Chevy Forsyth & Regina Rios
costume design Courtney Crawford, Olive Elzinga, & Emily Rose McTavish
props Chelsea MacEwan, Ryan Nicolai, & Regina Rios
student marketing / box office / front of house Alissa Grams & Daniel Knapp
fight captain / business manager / production assistant Nick Harrison
projection technician Glen Shafer
production assistant Pedro M. Siqueria
dialect coach Dr. Iris MacGregor-Bannerman

*The participation of this Artist is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance-Opera-Theatre Policy.

Victoria News: Life mimics art for actors in play about pandemic

Victoria News interviews graduates Danny Saretsky and Regina Rios about current parallels with the College's production of Unity (1918).
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Victoria News: Love and humour shine during a time of death in Unity

Victoria News previews the College’s production of Unity (1918).
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Studio Ensemble sheds new light on the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic

Unity (1918) seeks to present thrilling and comedic storytelling to audiences through a profound and contagious script.
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Times Colonist: College season starts with Indigenous take on classic

The Times Colonist covers the College’s 2019-20 season announcement.
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Monday Magazine: Thief raids office during performance college’s annual gala

Monday Magazine covers the College’s season launch event.
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Relaxed Performance November 30, 2:00pm

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